• May 28, 2022
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Opinion

Opinion: Rule of Two Leaves Public Without Representation

A controversial Irvine City Council policy, informally known as the “rule of two,” prevents an individual Councilmember from placing an item on the agenda unless another member of the Council seconds it. In the first meeting, upon being sworn in, Irvine City Mayor Farrah Khan, voted alongside Councilmembers Tammy Kim, Mike Carroll, and Anthony Kuo […]

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Controversy Erupts Over Mayor Khan’s Political Relationship with Armenian Genocide Denier [Opinion]

Social media has been buzzing surrounding a video being circulated online showing Irvine Mayor Khan apparently joking at an event with accused Armenian genocide denier Ergun Kirlikovali, about Armenians. A Turkish website DailyMotion.com released a video where Mayor Farrah Khan met with Turkish leaders after winning her 2020 mayoral race. The caption and description from […]

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Ethical Lines Blurred or Crossed? Councilmember Tammy Kim’s Conflict of Interest?

The Irvine Watchdog started a new series titled, Ethical Lines Blurred or Crossed, presenting real life situations that our city has or is facing pertaining to our current City Councilmembers, and then asking our readers to be the judge. The first article was regarding Councilmember Mike Carroll’s misappropriation of tax dollars. This article will take […]

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Opinion: Idea Theft Highlights Discord on City Council

The agenda for the February 8, 2022, City Council meeting has an item that was presented by Councilmember Larry Agran back in April of 2021. However, this item needed the support of a second Councilmember in order to be placed on the agenda. No one seconded Councilmember Agran’s item. Two previous items that Councilmember Agran […]

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Opinion: In The Hands Of The Few – Once Again City Council Votes To Deny Full Council Representation.

Each City Council member should be equally able to participate in the City Council’s decision making process.  Council members should also be equally responsible for representing the interest of the City of Irvine and Irvine residents, not only during City Council meetings, but also on the various city and outside agency boards, committees and task […]

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Opinion: To Protect Irvine Children, City Council Must Bring 100% Clean Energy to Irvine

Irvine has always beckoned parents and children with the promise of a thriving future through its schools and other amenities, and prides itself on being the safest city in the United States. However, four of the Irvine city council members have not used the most powerful tool they have to protect young people from the […]

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Opinion: OCPA’s Scripted Public Comments and Robocaller. Who’s Behind It All?

Since its inception, the Orange County Power Authority has been riddled with transparency issues. Brown Act violations, public records requests being ignored, refusing to make all meeting videos public, questions about appointment of troubled CEO Brian Probolsky, and most recently, possible workplace harrassment by Probolsky. Concurrently, the members of the public have been under attack by suspicious […]

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Bully In The OC Power Authority Boardroom?

OC Power Authority CEO Brian Probolsky, who was already the subject of scrutiny due to his lack of experience  in the energy industry, lack of college degree, and his record of ethics violations, drew even more attention to himself last week with his treatment of a female employee, COO Antonia Castro-Graham, during the November 9th OCPA […]

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Opinion: If You’re Not Insisting On Democracy, You Might Not Have One — How Minority Rule All Too Often Presides Over The Irvine City Council

There’s a saying that poses a warning to consumers of media: “if you’re not paying for the product, you’re not the customer; you are the product.” It’s a useful reminder to be wary of your relationship to the powers-that-be in that particular market. If there is a rough political equivalent to it, perhaps it is […]

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Opinion: Let The Sunshine In: Debunking Bogus Arguments for Repeal of the Sunshine Ordinance

The latest battle in the Irvine City Council majority’s ongoing war on transparency and accountability will come to a head at its next meeting at 4:00PM Tuesday afternoon. On the “consent calendar,” which is likely to be taken up during the first hour of the meeting, is the final vote on a proposal to repeal […]

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